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Memorable Moments: 2008 in the books

According to the dateline above, 2008 is gone and out of here in one day. Time to start scribbling out the 2008s we mistakenly write down and focus on making 2009 just as good as its predecessor.
Before getting into making 2009 great, let’s look back and recognize some of the impressive sports efforts of 2008, in no particular order.
Golfers experience some firsts
For the first time in school history, the North Harrison girls’ golf team won the team sectional when it finished three up on host Floyd Central. Senior Allison Dooley won the sectional as an individual by carding an 81. Fellow Lady Cat Courtney Barr fired a 90 for third place. The team failed to reach state, but Dooley made her second appearance as an individual. Dooley missed the cut, firing an 84 on the first round at state.
Also a first, the North Harrison boys’ golf team qualified for the regional meet as a team, finishing nine strokes behind host Floyd Central for second place. Dylan Spencer finished second overall with a 73. Despite the strong showing at sectional, North Harrison was not able to advance the team or individuals to the state tournament.
Cougars take baseball sectional
North Harrison pitcher Cody Johnson struck out 10 batters over seven innings to beat rival Corydon Central 4-1 in the Class 3A baseball sectional final. West Vigo, in regional play, eliminated the Cougars. Johnson went on to be named Most Valuable Player of the prestigious North-South All-Star game.
Softball sectional goes to Corydon
Corydon Central delivered a 1-0 win over Silver Creek, then out-slugged North Harrison to reach the sectional finals. In the championship, the Lady Panthers beat Salem 1-0 to win the Class 3A sectional. Katelyn Botts came up with the eventual game-winning RBI triple in the fourth inning. Jenna Keinsley took the win in the circle, leading the Lady Panthers to their second consecutive sectional title. They were eventually eliminated by Jasper at regionals.
Three take to state track and field
For the third consecutive year, Corydon Central’s Meghan Bussabarger qualified for the state track and field meet in the 100-meter hurdles and high jump. In the high jump, Bussabarger struggled at state, clearing 5-2. She bounced back to finish 18th in the hurdles with a time of 15.93. North Harrison had the duo of Alan Austin and Tyler Byrne reach the state meet. Austin finished 25th overall in the discus throw, and Byrne was 23rd in the 1600-meter run.
Tyler Byrne dominates cross country
The North Harrison boys’ cross country team qualified for the state meet for the first time since 1990. As a team, the Cougars finished the state meet 19th overall. Junior Tyler Byrne dominated competition in the southern part of the state for most of the year. He came up with individual wins at sectional, regional and semi-state. Byrne set a course record at regional with a time of 15:49. He went on to finish ninth at state. Teammate Ryan Foster was 78th.
South Central, Corydon Central take girls’ hoops sectional titles
South Central picked up its fifth sectional title in girls’ basketball in the last six years, defeating Henryville in the Class A title game. The Lady Rebels tourney run included a comeback victory over New Washington in the semi-finals. The Lady Rebels ended up losing to Wood Memorial in regional play. The loss also ended the career of South Central’s Brittany Schoen. Now playing at Indiana State University, Schoen finished ninth on the all-time scoring list in the state with 2,293 career points.
The Lady Rebels weren’t the only team to win a sectional. Corydon Central had a more drama-filled sectional final. C.J. Reed hit a game-winning shot to lift the Lady Panthers over host Mitchell 53-51. Jenna Keinsley and Meghan Bussabarger scored 17 points each in the final. Vincennes Lincoln eliminated the Lady Panthers in regional play.
Also in basketball, Lady Rebel coach Randall Schoen notched his 150th career win, and Lanesville’s Mikel Miller reached the century mark with 100 career wins. Bussabarger also set school records for scoring and rebounds during the current season with 45 points and 25 rebounds on Dec. 18.
Saulman goes to state in swimming
In swimming, there is no regional or semi-state. Win at sectional and you go to state. Corydon Central’s Katie Saulman did just that, winning the 200-yard butterfly at the Floyd Central Sectional to become the first Harrison County swimmer to reach state. As a freshman, Saulman finished 31st at state in the butterfly event.
Now that history was written in 2008, let’s rewrite the books in 2009 and add a few more banners to each wall.